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Apps to Transform your iPad Into a Super Design Tool

Whether you are a designer, a programmer or a hobbyist wanting to create some cool visual work, it takes you a few serious apps to make that happen. Since designers are known to have a long-term love affair with anything Apple, we’re pretty sure that most of you have an iPad somewhere around the house. The device is certainly lots of fun and comes with many compatible apps to download from iTunes.While some of them are cost-free, the other ones might require a bit of money, but they’re definitely worth it. It’s true that you might also need the power of a computer, more RAM, a powerful processor and so on, but the iPad can help you do some of your work while you’re away from the big screen.SketchyPadSketchyPad, together with similar apps like iMockups, makes it easy to play around with various visual layouts. It comes with many pre-made items that you can use in terms of graphics, so that it saves you a lot of time. Instead of having to re-draw something that you use a lot all over ag…

Your Mobile Phone can Detect Earthquakes

Was it just you or did the ground really shake? Your iPhone, iPad and most newer mobile phones can work as basic seismometers, the same instrument that is used to measure the magnitude of earthquakes and volcanoes. You don’t need to install any apps, just the built-in web browser would suffice.OK, try this. Launch Google Chrome or the Safari browser on your mobile phone (or tablet) and then open this page. You should see a continuously moving waveform but if you slightly shake or tilt your mobile device,  simulating seismic activity, the graph will capture these movements in real-time much like a seismograph.The seismic intensity will vary depending on how vigorously (or slowly) you are shaking the phone (see the following screenshot) and will also change based on the orientation of the device. And you’ll be surprised to learn that this basic seismograph is written using simple JavaScript.Most newer mobile devices have built-in accelerometers and gyroscopes and as you move the physica…

Dropbox Lets You Edit Microsoft Office Documents for Free (No MS Account Required)

In November of last year Dropbox announced a partnership with Microsoft. It started with Dropbox integration in Microsoft Office’s iOS apps and is now growing into something much better. In the announcement post, Dropbox said it was home to over 35 billion Office documents. This is not a surprise, given Dropbox’s success in the business market.Now, Dropbox users (both Basic and Pro) will be able to open and edit Microsoft Office files directly from within Dropbox. This won’t require a Microsoft account or an Office 365 membership. All you need to do is authorize Microsoft Office Online in Dropbox, like you do with any other app.On the Dropbox’s website, the Open button will open the document in a new tab in the Office Online interface. Changes made to the document will be saved back to the same file in Dropbox. There’s also an auto-save feature.iOS app users will see an Edit button that will open the document in the corresponding MS Office app (the latest version of the app needs to b…